Chris Gayle has defied the age factor on multiple ocassions with his evergreen blistering knocks and Monday night in Gros Islet was no different when the 42-year-old flamboyant southpaw belted a 38-ball 67 to power West Indies to a 3-0 T20 series win over Australia.
While his powerful knock was laced with seven sixes, Gayle also became the first batsman in the history to score 14,000-plus runs in the shortest format of the game — including first-class cricket.
Gayle now sits at the top of highest-run scorer in the format with 14,038 runs with compatriot Kieron Pollard a distant second at 10,836 runs. Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik is third in the list at 10,774 runs.
In the third T20I vs the Aussies, the Windies finished 142-4 as they chased down Australia’s total 141-6 with 31 balls to spare in the third of five T20s. Stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran hit the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 32 from 27 balls.
But it was all about former captain Gayle in St. Lucia. The 41-year-old left-hander slogged seven sixes and four boundaries as he posted his first Twenty20 International half century since an unbeaten 100 against England in March 2016.
He went on the attack in the second over of the reply when he plundered paceman Josh Hazlewood for a six and three consecutive boundaries.
He hit three straight sixes against spinner Adam Zampa to reach his 50 in the 11th over, raising his “Six Machine” bat to show “The Boss” sticker on the blade.
Accepting the award for player of the match, Gayle recommended people shouldn’t watch the statistics too closely but “just respect the Universe Boss.”
“You all knew I was struggling with the bat,” he said. “To be able to get some runs today was very pleasing.”
Gayle said his main focus was on the T20 World Cup starting in October in the United Arab Emirates, when he’ll be 42.
The West Indies won the first game of the series by 18 runs after a stunning batting collapse from the Australians, and took the second game by 56 runs.
(With inputs from AP.)